As you might imagine, this epic undertaking required some advanced planning, like making the bones from modeling paste weeks ahead of time so that they’d be hard enough to bear the weight of the rest of the incredibly detailed cake.
I wanted to carve Ralph’s head out of cake but I knew with the half that hangs over it would be too heavy so I made his head, arm, and foot out of Rice Krispies treats, with the red colouring to make it look like brains.
The cake is actually based on a T-shirt illustration, so it’s amazing how accurate it turned out, but it wasn’t easy.
I carved his body and leg out of cake and covered all his parts in buttercream. I used one internal dowel in his body and some support straws in the layers. After covering his head in modeling chocolate I started to add some details and then placed his head on his body with a thin cut down cake board underneath. Then I began covering him in fondant and adding his full leg and arm. His head was still so heavy that it was beginning to pull over, so I had to add a support dowel to support his head.
Despite the tremendous effort that clearly went into this cake, it was definitely worth it for these incredible results, so keep that in mind when you tackle an amazing cake of your own, if you should choo choo choose to, that is.
[via Geyser of Awesome]